Team

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Kris
Owner/Operator

"My passion for hot rods began when I found a 1927 Model T coupe on an old rancher’s land. I talked him into selling it to me for $50, and then took it back to my dad’s mechanic shop and started building it the best way I knew how at the time. I made it drive, but quickly realized what I could have done better. Ever since then I have been building and re-building hot rods and custom cars. Opening a hot rod shop has been like a dream come true. I get to come to work every day to be surrounded by some of the coolest cars and make them even cooler. I have a great group of guys to work with and great wife who has been by me as we built the shop from the ground up. I’m excited to see where we will go from here."

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Jennifer
Owner/Office Manager

“I’m Jennifer, AKA the shop mama, and I handle financials and administrative duties. My hardest job here at Empire is keeping the boys in line! I have had a love for cars for most of my life. Kris introduced me to hot rods, and the rest is history. We take pride in what we do and appreciate the support of our team and our clients!"

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Rick
Paint&Body
Victoria, TX

“I started doing body repair at the age of 16. My dad was a body tech and metal fab guy. I grew up watching him work. I’ve been at Empire for 4 years now and love working here. We create rolling artwork, and can’t beat the guy I work for.”

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Justin
Shop Foreman/Mechanic
Victoria, TX

“I have been wrenching on cars for about 14 years, and have been with Empire for over a year now. Working on hot rods has been a big change since I specialized in imports prior to this position. I always strive to do my best by our customers and am always learning new skills.”

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Little Chris
Fabricator
Victoria, TX

“I come from a long line of mechanics. My grandpa and dad were both mechanics. I started with Empire after working at a machine shop for 4 years. I love working at Empire because I get to live out my dream of building one of a kind cars.”

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Raymond
Paint/Fabrication
Victoria, TX

"I've been in the auto industry for many years. My passion for hotrods is what brought me to Empire Garage. It doesn't feel like work when I'm when I'm doing what I love."

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Lorena
Administrative assistant

"I'm majoring in Marketing and joined the Empire team to help with brand development and office administration. I'm the glorified shop babysitter and run a tight ship."